Mary Jane Warner

Mary Jane Warner is a professor in the Dance Department at York University. Since 1986 she has held a number of administrative positions: Chair, Graduate Program Director in the Department of Dance, and Associate Dean in the Faculty of Fine Arts. She has taught courses in education, ballet, repertory, movement analysis, history, and reconstruction. A specialist in Canadian dance, in 1996, she published Toronto Dance Teachers: 1825-1925. Her articles have appeared in Theatre History in Canada, Canadian Dance Studies, Canadian Theatre Review, Journal of Dance Education and in numerous dictionaries and conference proceedings. She published Canadian Dance: Visions and Stories, co-edited with Selma Odom, another Heliconian. Her current research focuses on documenting the work of several Canadian choreographers through video and notation. She has organized numerous conferences including the World Dance Alliance Global Assembly held at York University in July 2006 that featured over thirty dance companies, plus workshop presenters and scholars from 18 countries. In fall 2011, Toronto Heritage Dance, a contemporary dance ensemble made under her direction and that of Nenagh Leigh made its debut to critical acclaim.

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